Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, 1720

Violin: 47896

Labeled, "Antonius Stradivarius Cremonensis / Faciebat Anno 1724."

Back: One-piece of broad curl

Scroll: by Peter Beare

Ribs: of medium curl

Length of back: 35.7 cm


"David Bonsey, director of Fine Musical Instruments at Skinner, said: 'There were papers with the violin, supposedly from Hill, but we have been unable to substantiate that. The family story, and that of Vatelot, is that the original papers were destroyed in the First World War.'

Delving deeper brought further surprises. The certificate from Vatelot showed that the scroll was by 'an unknown Venetian maker': this turned out to be Guarneri 'del Gesù.' It was replaced with a Peter Beare scroll three years ago, and the 'del Gesù' is the subject of a separate investigation and sale."

Uncatalogued Strad Comes To Light, The Strad, August, 2006, London


Monsieur Cuelenaere
until 1961 Étienne Vatelot
1961-2004 Lorand Fenyves
from 2006 Current owner

Known players

Lorand Fenyves, Tamsin Wayley-cohen

Certificates & Documents

  • Certificate: Étienne Vatelot, Paris (1961)

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